A Real Need For Speed

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ok this is a man's actual need for speed: Swedish automobiles have long been known as safe and steady, not fast and furious. It's no accident you've never heard the phrase "Swede speed." Right now, you're thinking about boxy, safe Volvo wagons, handy in the snow and adept with the kids and groceries, not high performance roadsters.

Enter Christian von Koenigsegg, a 33-year-old Swede with fast dreams. And he's got a former fighter jet assembly plant to bring them to life. Clocking in at 245 miles per hour, Koenigsegg Automotive broke the world speed record for a production car last year with the Koenigsegg CCR.

Since the first production car rolled off the assembly line in 1996, Koenigsegg has shipped ultrafast autos to the Middle East, Hong Kong, Eastern Europe, Russia, Britain, and Japan. Everywhere, it seems, except to the U.S., because Koenigsegg's cars have not met stringent U.S. safety and emissions standards.

That's about to change. Koenigsegg and his team of engineers are celebrating a decade in the high-performance auto business with a new model -- the Koenigsegg CCX -- engineered to comply with U.S. specifications. The CCX will carry a supercar price tag -- $722,534, fully equipped and before taxes. (The price even includes driving lessons from the world record-setting driver himself, Loris Bicocchi.) now what does everyone think of this and would you buy one of these cars?

Only in the dark of your soul can you reveal the light of your heart" Stephen Penton

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